Colleges in San Diego

Colleges in San Diego

The city of San Diego in California is the second-largest city in the state and the economic center of the region. Primarily focusing on military and defense-related activities, San Diego is also known for manufacturing, international trade, and the up-and-coming biotechnology sector, largely in part to the University of California in San Diego and the UCSD Medical Center.

With one of the highest-ranking educated populouses, the city is home to a number of institutions, including several public options, such as San Diego State University, and the San Diego Community College District, and UCSD, which is also home to the only school of medicine in the city. There are four law schools in San Diego, three of which are accredited by the ABA, California Western School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and the University of San Diego School of Law. The city is home, primarily, to private colleges and universities, including Point Loma Nazarene University, John Paul the Great Catholic University, San Diego Christian College, and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, as well as many others.

While the city has planned expansions for public transport, including extending that range of the trolleys, most residents own and use vehicles as their primary mode of transportation. The San Diego International Airport, located in San Diego Bay, is the busiest single-runway airport in the US.

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San Diego State University is a public research institution located in San Diego, California. What began as an all-female college for elementary school teachers now consists of 8 colleges that offer 95 undergraduate programs plus a variety of...

“…Despite what most people say about the difficulty of learning in large classrooms, the amount of learning that goes on within is tremendous. Yes maybe you wont have time to ask 10 questions in class, but every professor has set aside office hours for...” – Shaghayegh from San Diego, CA

Founded in 1960, the University of California of San Diego is a research institution located in La Jolla, CA. The 1,200 coastal woodland campus along the Pacific Ocean is home to six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, 5 graduate and...

“…The campus is huge and nice. The academic environment is strict, compared to the free campus environment. The location is pretty great, as it is located in La Jolla, near a beach.” – MiraMesa from San Diego, CA

The University of San Diego is a private research university affiliated with the Roman Catholic church. USD offers 42 different bachelor's degrees and 54 minors, in addition to various study abroad programs, and more than half of the student body...

“…Great professors, small classes, and great study environment if you go looking for it. The core can be fun and interesting and once you get past that into what you want to major in they only get better.” – Clifford from Placerville, CA

Founded by the Church of the Nazarene in 1902, Point Loma Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts college in San Diego. PLU offers undergraduate degrees in over 60 fields of study and the university’s Office of Strengths and Vocation provides...

“…Point Loma has a great community of people, everyone is very welcoming and friendly. The academics can be rigorous, but the teachers are so helpful and are willing to work with you. Plus, the ocean view from everywhere on campus just cannot be beat!” – Kaylee

National University is a private not-for-profit institution with multiple locations throughout California and one campus in Nevada. NU provides concentrated programs aimed at adult learners with courses scheduled on weeknights and weekends. The...

“…National University has a wide range of courses. Their instructors are quite diverse in knowledge and experience. Ever since I transferred here I stopped screwing around and got my academic path together, you kind of have no choice but to succeed...” – Andrew from La Quinta, CA

Grossmont College is a public, 2-year institution located in El Cajon, California. The college features a number of student service facilities, such as the Assistive Technology Center, the Dream Center, the CalWORKs Student Services, and the Career...

“…Many of the teachers at Grossmont also teach at local schools like San Diego State. ” – Grossmont Student

San Diego City College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of California. Among the school’s many degree and certificate program options are many unique areas of study, such as Chicano Studies, Futures Studies, and Dance....

“…A school containing friendly people with a variety of cultures religions and styles. Nice but strict teachers of which explain their lectures more than well. Recycling and clean environment located close to a beautiful ocean view!” – Christina from El Centro, CA

San Diego Mesa College is a public community college based in San Diego, California. It is the largest community college in the city and part of the San Diego Community Colleges District. Noted programs include culinary arts and food service,...

“…The professors here at Mesa are amazing!!! The professors and students alike are very helpful here. Academics are a major aspect of this college. If you want to go to a college where the students are friendly, the professors strict but helpful, many...” – Amy from San Diego, CA

With campus situated on a hilltop overlooking the surrounding community, California State University-San Marcos is a 4-year public institution in southern California and part of the Cal State system. CSUSM is home to colleges of Humanities, Business...

“…Prof. are great and well educated, they are really committed to the students education. The campus, although a commuter campus, has a great community scene and has many opportunities to get involved and develop not only character but leaderships as...” – Shayla from Oceanside, CA

Founded in 1970, San Diego Christian College is a four-year liberal arts college that educates students through teachings of the Scripture. SDCC is a private institution and associates with the evangelical denomination of Christianity. The suburban...

“…San Diego Christian College is a beautiful institution. The academia is that of a liberal arts college, but it is distinctive with its motivational faculty. It is unlike any school I've heard of, and its unique, albeit unorthodox, methodology is...” – Spencer from Santee, CA

Alliant International University is a private for-profit institution based in San Diego, California. Alliant operates multiple campuses around the state and abroad in Mexico, Japan, and China. Students can opt for the “Fast-Track” and take graduate...

“…I have great professors and they are very invested in you being able to understand. They want you to learn ” – Dorothy from Anaheim, CA

San Diego Miramar College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of California. The campus features a number of resource facilities for students to utilize, such as the Academic Success Center, which offers independent study spaces,...

“…miramar college has fantastic teachers and staff. the new campus, which is still in progress, is convenient with most classes in the same building. also the classes are not packed.” – Catherine from Poway, CA

Named after Pope John Paul II, John Paul the Great Catholic University is a Roman Catholic academy of fine and performing arts in the San Diego metro area. JPCatholic offers 3-year bachelor’s degree programs in Communications Media, Business, and...

“…This is a great school for striving for personal excellence. You will grow in the faith with the curriculum centered around the love of Jesus Christ; you will grow intellectually through challenging courses and caring professors; all around, this...” – Matthew from Escondido, CA

The California Western School of Law is a legal institution and the oldest law school in San Diego. California Western features a JD degree that can be paired with master’s degrees in Business Administration and Social Work. To gain legal expertise...

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law is a legal institution in San Diego. Thomas Jefferson features a JD curriculum as well as online master’s and doctor of Law programs. To provide simulated law practice outside of the classroom, Thomas Jefferson...

With a campus located between San Diego and the US/Mexican border, Southwestern College is the only 2-year community college in the southern part of San Diego County. In order to serve this well-populated region, Southwestern offers over 320 degree...

“…On my first year at Southwestern College I was in the Transfer Institute Program, which is a one year program designed to increase the number of students transferring to a university. Being in the TI has been a awesome experience and also very...” – Michelle from Chula Vista, CA

From its campus in the greater San Diego area, Southern California Seminary is a Christian institution training students for ministry. The seminary’s academic programs are founded on Biblical literalism and culminate in a bachelor’s degree in...

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is a graduate school and research institution in San Diego dedicated to training medical scientists and eradicating disease. SBP is home to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences featuring a 4.5...

Established in 1995, California International Business University is a private, 4-year institution located in San Diego. CIBU offers degrees in Business Administration from a bachelor’s to doctoral level as well as a non-credit Business Fundamentals...

Westminster Seminary California is a Christian graduate school in southern California dedicated to training future pastors and the first Reformed seminary in the western United States. Westminster Seminary offers master’s degrees in Divinity,...

The High Tech High Graduate School of Education is a teaching grad school in San Diego with a focus on progressive educational theory. HTH offers a master’s degree in Educational Leadership designed for teachers and school leaders dedicated to...